Andalucía Property Finder
Barbara Wood has loved Spain and all things Spanish since her student days in Madrid. Fluency in Spanish led to some fun years flying with British Airways. It was during this time that she developed an interest in property. With generous time off between flights she had time to ‘do things up’. When it was time to unpack her suitcase for the last time she moved into the real estate sector. Initially, this was in the UK but then an opportunity arose to relocate to Spain. She leapt at the chance and has been involved in Spanish property ever since, initially as an estate agent. However, Barbara has been in charge of The Property Finders since she founded it in 2003. The Property Finders is now the longest-established, multi-destination property finding service in Spain. Barbara carries out all the property searches in Andalucía.
Experience in Spain
Barbara arrived in Marbella just as the first sustained property boom was getting under way. She gained invaluable experience then that led directly to her working for top Estate Agents Knight Frank. Barbara believes the years she worked as an Estate Agent have made her particularly effective as the buyer’s representative. She understands how the property market works in Spain and knows the kind of pressures that buyers are often subjected to. Unbelievably, some buyers sign binding contracts that have not been properly explained or translated.
Having worked on both sides of the fence, she firmly believes that using an Andalucía Property Finder makes buying safer. She regularly meets property owners with defective title deeds for their property. However, with the right care and attention to detail at the outset, such problems are unnecessary and 100% avoidable. In fact, Barbara maintains that the property horror stories that grab the headlines happen because of lack of due diligence. She is certain that one of the most important parts of the service is making the right enquiries at the right time.
Estate Agency in Spain
Almost anyone can open an estate agency business in Spain due to the lack of regulation. Things can, and do, go badly wrong when a non-Spanish speaking agent is selling to a buyer who knows little or nothing about the procedure. This is even more relevant right now, as the Spanish property market emerges from the collapse which started in 2008. Subsequently, tens of thousands of real estate agents went bust. Now, new estate agents are opening so fast it’s hard to keep up. So buyers have no way of knowing if the person they are dealing with has been in business five minutes or twenty years.
No client of The Property Finders ever signs a contract unless it is absolutely in their best interests. Title deed and documentation checks are standard practice prior to short-listing a property. This attention to detail is what gives clients of The Property Finders total confidence that their interests will always be the priority.
Your Property Search
Over the years Barbara has helped clients buy across the property range in Andalucía. From ruins in the Andalucian countryside, often no more than a pile of stones, to fine country estates. She has hunted down special properties among the thousands on the coasts. She has walked the streets of the historic city centres of Seville, Granada and Málaga to uncover hidden gems. Barbara is particularly pleased when her clients buy a property not listed for sale with any agents. It doesn’t matter what it is, Barbara will find it. And she gets great satisfaction from saving her clients lots of time and loads of money. Get in touch to find out how much you can save.
In 2003 she founded The Property Finders and the network now helps buyers locate and purchase property in Andalucia, the Costa Blanca from Castellón to Murcia, Barcelona, Mallorca and the Canary Islands, Australia (Queensland) and New Zealand.
Barbara’s annual Market Report is essential for anyone planning to buy in Spain, to read it click here. If you are looking for an Andalucía Property Finder please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1908 218753
Mob: +44 (0)7714 219091